Thursday, September 3, 2009
Holly High falls hard to Class 5A Gators
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Holly High Hawks took on another 5A school last Friday evening, however, this time it was on their own turf with a huge local crowd in attendance. They had lost at Hernando in week one.
The Hawks received first but had to punt away. Lake Cormorant got a good return. Their southpaw quarterback completed his first pass and a couple of plays later they were in the red zone. A swarming Hawk defense forced them to call in the kicking team on a fourth and goal. The kick was good and the visitors had the first lead at 3-0.
The game was played without the scoreboard, which was not functional.
Again the Hawks went four and out. Their punt left the Gators with decent field position. They incurred a penalty but still rushed for a first down at the Hawks’ 30. They scored on a pass play from the 14. The extra point wasn’t made but the lead was 9-0.
Tarik Pegues returned the kick for 37 yards but the Hawks failed to move the ball. However, Roderick Glover picked off the Gator quarterback and ran to the Gator 35. The Hawks had a receiver to beat the Gator coverage but the pass fell incomplete. It would have been a sure touchdown.
The Gator QB used flare passes left and right to spread the Hawks defense. He kept on a second and goal to make it 15-0. There were three and a half minutes left in the half.
Lake Cormorant scored on a 34-yard pas and converted to pad its score to 22-0. Scant seconds later, they took advantage of a mix-up in the Hawks backfield to add another score, making it 28-0 at the half.
Holly High kicked a touchback to start the second half. The Gators started at the 20, fumbled and the ball was covered by James Williams. The Hawks had the ball on their own 26 when the ball was fumbled and went back to the Gators on a second down play.
The Hawks defense held the Gators, who finally had to call in the field goal unit to add a three. It was 31-0 at the end of the 3rd quarter.
The Hawks’ defense was showing up big, but was having major problems with the Gators’ rushes. Time was running out when Demetri Oliver intercepted and returned a Gator pass 56 yards for a score, however, a flurry of flags nullified the run and TD.
The game ended at 31-0.
Coach Clifford Brown chose Demetri Oliver as the MVP.
“We made too many mental errors and missed too many passes and tackles,” he said. “Mistakes are going to be made, but we have players with experience now. We have to stop making errors as a result of being over anxious. We plan to play aggressive football, but the mistakes have to be corrected.”
The Hawks will host their rivals, the Byhalia Indians, Friday in their second home game of the season. Kickoff time is 7:30 p.m. at Sam Coopwood Park.
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